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Support for families boosted with investment into new centre at Chrisp Street Market


(left-to-right): Cllr Asma Begum, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Children, Youth Services, Education and Equalities; James Thomas, Corporate Director, Children & Culture; and, Mohammed Abdul-Jolil, Head of Early Help & Children and Families Service.

  • New Children and Family Centre building opens on Kerbey Street, Poplar
  • Part of wider transformation of Chrisp Street Market being delivered by Telford Homes in partnership with Poplar HARCA, which will create over 600 new homes

A brand-new Children and Family Centre has opened at Chrisp Street Market, part of the evolution of Poplar’s main commercial centre.    

The new Children and Family Centre building, which replaces the existing centre on Chrisp Street Market, has been delivered by Tower Hamlets Council in partnership with Telford Homes and Poplar HARCA. It aims to give every child the best possible start in life, enabling access to a range of universal services and individual support.

There was also a street party celebration for local families with special guests, including Cllr Asma Begum, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Children, Youth Services, Education and Equalities, and representatives from Telford Homes and Poplar HARCA.

The opening also heralded the launch of the council’s new Early Help and Children and Families Service, which runs a total of 12 Children and Family Centres across the borough, providing support for local children, young people and families.     

The new centre signals a major investment on behalf of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It also marks the start of construction works as part of the wider transformation of Chrisp Street Market, which is being delivered by Telford Homes, in partnership with Poplar HARCA. Alongside the new Centre, the scheme will deliver new homes, 35 per cent of which will be affordable, as well as a new market, retail space and pocket parks.    

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:

"It is always great to see new investment in our services, especially as we begin to recover from Covid and continue to prioritise giving every child the best possible start in life.

"Our Children and Family Centres play a particularly important role in this ambition, through supporting some of our most disadvantaged families and offering, when needed, extra support and early intervention."


Above: The new Chrisp Street Children and Family Centre building.

Some of the existing buildings will be demolished, whilst preserving the much-loved clock tower, Festival of Britain buildings and Ideas Store, to make way for 643 new homes and 19 new buildings.

The public space will be upgraded to include a new cinema, children’s play area, community hub, office space, restaurants and cafes, pocket parks, better lighting, cycle parking and disabled car parking spaces.

Babu Bhattacherjee, Director of Communities and Neighbourhoods, Poplar HARCA, said:

"Supporting the people who live and work in Chrisp Street to thrive is the driving force behind the market regeneration.

"Poplar HARCA places huge value in providing spaces in which local young people and families can socialise and flourish, and we do this at Spotlight, our creative youth service, our community centres and eight dedicated early years spaces in Poplar.

"With Telford Homes we are delighted to be part of Tower Hamlets’ commitment to making sure children and families in Chrisp Street continue to benefit from their support, for years to come too."

Jerome Geoghegan, Group Land & Planning Director at Telford Homes, said:

"Together with our partners, we are helping to create a new destination at Chrisp Street - one that sensitively respects the history of this beloved market, but which also embraces the new, with the delivery of new homes, shops, community facilities, pocket parks and an enhanced market.

"The launch of the new Children and Families Centre marks the first step in our journey at Chrisp Street, where we will offer current and new communities’ first-class facilities which will help to transform their lives for the better."

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Contact the Tower Hamlets’ communication team on or 020 7364 4389 communications@towerhamlets.gov.uk with any media enquiries.

For queries about investment into the market itself, including new homes, contact Chrisp Street Developments Limited at jallan@goodrelations.co.uk or call 07704 678 903.

Notes to editors

About Tower Hamlets’ new Early Help and Children and Families Service

Early Help and Children and Families Service (EHCFS) delivers its services through a network of 12 Children and Family Centres across the borough.

It is aimed at supporting children and young people from 0-19-years-old and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) up to the age of 25.

The EHCFS combines two previous services, the Integrated Early Years’ Service and the Early Help Service to create a new service with more capacity to support local families.


About Poplar HARCA

Poplar HARCA is an award-winning Housing and Regeneration Community Association in East London. We focus on providing homes and support to residents old and new; helping to create a place where people, communities and businesses can grow and thrive. With our partners, we are currently leading an extensive place-shaping programme for Poplar, attracting a £2.5 billion investment to regenerate, build and create opportunities. 


About Telford Homes

Telford Homes is a leading London-focused residential and mixed-use property developer, that specialises in creating, designing and building innovative landmark developments in some of the most desirable and sought-after locations in the capital.

The emphasis of a Telford Homes project is always focused foremost upon quality, great connections and building communities. With wellbeing a core part of their vision to develop the homes and create the places that London needs.

Telford Homes recognise that good urban planning and high-quality infrastructure can help counter the often-negative health implications of city living – and aim to drive this through their Building a Living Legacy strategy and commitment to quality placemaking.


About the transformation of Chrisp Street Market

This exciting evolution of Poplar’s district centre will see much-needed investment in the area – bringing new homes, shops and facilities, whilst still retaining the character and soul that make this treasured institution what it is.

As part of the regeneration, Chrisp Street Developments Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Telford Homes, will be working to transform Chrisp Street into an exciting, thriving town centre.

Permission for the scheme was granted in March 2019, and work has now begun.

The plans for the area include:

  • Creation of over 600 new homes
  • Demolition of existing buildings – except for the Festival of Britain buildings, Clock Tower and Ideas Store
  • Enhancement of the existing market, including a new canopy and market service building
  • Refurbishment of retained Festival of Britain buildings; reconfiguration and replacement of other existing retail premises – including creation of a new cinema
  • A new community hub
  • Office space, retail, financial and professional services, and cafés
  • Ground floor restaurant spaces and a new food store
  • Upgrade to public open space - including a children’s play area, new public realm, landscaping works and new lighting with cycle parking spaces (including new visitor cycle parking), and provision of disabled car parking spaces
Posted on Tuesday 14th September 2021